Given that cannabis is one of the most talked about topics in the country these days, it’s no wonder there are misconceptions and myths around the plant! It can be difficult to discern what’s myth and what’s reality, so we want to save you from spending days and weeks digging through a multitude of articles, research papers, and hearsay.
Instead, here are the top five CBD myths revealed, and the facts you should know:
Myth 1: That CBD gets you high
To put it simply – CBD has no psychoactive effects at all. The myth comes from the confusion between two different chemical compounds:
1. THC - the psychoactive element in marijuana (most marijuana has over 15% THC.)
- CBD is non-psychoactive because it does not act on the same receptors as THC.
- CBD has ZERO ability to get you high and is actually considered an ANTI-psychotic.
Myth 2: That CBD has to come from marijuana (not hemp)
The hemp plant is where CBD is at its most abundant. And it’s for this reason that CBD is extracted and separated from specific varieties of hemp (not marijuana.)
CBD is the second most abundant compound in hemp, typically representing up to 40% of its extracts.
So hemp contains more CBD and less THC (the psychoactive element), while marijuana contains more THC (the bit that makes you feel high) and less CBD.
Myth 3: That all CBD products are the same
With the benefits of CBD becoming more well-known, there has been a proliferation of CBD products on the market. CBD topicals like creams, powders, sprays and CBD ingestibles like capsules and tinctures...but not all are created to the same standards. Be sure to do your research, and make sure you are buying a quality product that works.
Some of the questions to ask include:
- What other ingredients are included in the formula? Plant-based, clean, essential oils, CBD? Yes please! Synthetics, parabens, THC, pesticides, heavy metals? No thanks!
- What is the quality of the hemp? Is it non-GMO and grown under organic standards?
Fortunately, Sagely Naturals products only use clean ingredients and we take care to source hemp that is high quality.
Myth 4: That you have to go to a marijuana dispensary to buy CBD
Fortunately, CBD products like ours are now widely available. When CBD is derived from hemp (like with Sagely Naturals’ products), they are not subject to the same rigid distribution restrictions as medical marijuana.
When CBD products are derived from hemp, they are legal to purchase and ship to all 50 states.
Myth 5: That CBD isn't legal
Agricultural hemp products are not considered “marijuana” under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). Naturally occurring cannabinoids in agricultural hemp foods, including oil, were never included under the CSA. Furthermore, CBD that is derived from the mature stalks and fibers of agricultural hemp is currently exempt from the Federal CSA’s definition of marijuana.
Of course, there are plenty more myths about CBD. Unfortunately, along with a growing awareness of the powerful health benefits that CBD products can provide, there has been a proliferation of misconceptions about it.
We hope we’ve brought you a few steps closer to the facts so that you can decide, with all the information on hand, whether CBD is something that might help YOU get to experience your ultimate version of health and wellness.